Lately, I've been thinking. On TV Tropes, there's a page about the Renaissance Age of Animation, which pretty much goes into detail about how animation was really booming from an artistic and a business standpoint in the 80s and 90s, what with the influx of animated features (especially with the works of Don Bluth), to the sudden explosion in successful animated series for syndication and cable (which pretty much everybody my age and generation grew up with). Anyway, Muppets aside, puppetry has always been considered and underrated and underappreciated artform, but I've noticed (and wrote about this on my Scarblog a while back) that puppetry in general seems to be really hot right now, what with popular network series seemingly having an all (or mostly) puppet episode once a season, to commercials using puppets for mascots (Lending Tree with Len and Lenny anybody?) Not only that, but ever since YouTube came a long years ago, I can tell you that puppet webvideos and weboriginals have not been uncommon either (I can name myself, Kevin, Julio, Colbynfriends, Oscarfan, and CaseytheMuppet as just a few of the MCers who have shared our puppetry originals on YouTube during the late 2000s and early New Tens). And now with Disney finally doing more with the Muppets on top of all this, it's really got me to thinking that we're going through something of a Renaissance Age of Puppetry right now as well. Don't you think?